In what's going to be an early contender for one of 2015's best tours, it's been revealed that the Dum Dum Girls have been offered a supporting slot on the forthcoming UK tour from Belle and Sebastian supporting their new album. They'll be performing as an "electric duo" which kicks off on 3 May in Cardiff, and the full list of dates are below.

In a press release, Dee Dee Penny took some time to reflect on what being main support on the tour means to her in addition to what she thinks of their new album.

“I first heard them in 1999 but didn't start listening seriously until a year later, after I'd moved away to college and fell in with the crowd who ended up shaping a lot of my musical self. I'd grown up with the 60s/70s American and English classics, had found Sonic Youth, The Cure, and and Björk in high school, but you know, lots of room to grow.

“My roommate played me Patti Smith; the boy next door gave me Louder Than Bombs on cassette; I slowly introduced The Beatles to my hardcore boyfriend who was at the time trading Heroin for The Faces, as well as helping solidify my eternal Nick Cave fandom. A friend who lived at what was known as the “Morrissey House” passed along Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister and it was love at first line.

“I used to listen to that record, ... Arab Strap, and Fold Your Hands while taking the Greyhound bus down from the Santa Cruz mountains and into the East Bay to visit my family every other month or so. I had many a still-teenaged revelation while staring out the window: "I'll tell my parents I pierced my septum," "I'm moving in with my boyfriend," or "I'm going to drop my music major and go read poetry in Germany instead."

“The first tour DDG did in Europe was a string of weird European festivals, the first of which was in Norway. At the time, we still sang through reverb pedals and during that insane 15 minute changeover/line check bit that endears festivals to no one, all three of them shorted due to rain. We played an appropriately ramshackle set hardly convinced we sounded like our intent, and all the while I saw Stuart Murdoch watching us. Afterward, he gave me his card (which mentioned he liked tea), paid me a Primitives compliment, and skipped off. I later auditioned for his musical film (rejected) and we've been friendly ever since."

The band have also gotten in the Christmas spirit by sharing a free download of their new festive song 'On Christmas', which you can stream below.

  • Tour Dates:
  • 03-May Cardiff St David's Hall
  • 04-May Bristol Colston Hall
  • 05-May Portsmouth Guildhall
  • 07-May Cambridge Corn Exchange
  • 08-May Norwich Open
  • 10-May Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • 11-May London Central Hall Westminster
  • 12-May London Central Hall Westminster
  • 14-May Manchester Albert Hall
  • 15-May Manchester Albert Hall
  • 16-May Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
  • 18-May Buxton Buxton Opera House
  • 19-May Leeds Leeds Town Hall
  • 22-May Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena